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Marauders qualify for playoffs

Editor’s note: This story won third place for sports news in the CSPA Gold Circle Awards

The Marauders are playoffs bound after reclaiming the mound over the Flower Mound Jaguars 34-31 last night. They are the first team in the 6-6A district to secure a playoff spot.

“You know it’s been great, it’s been four or five years [since] Marcus has been in the playoffs,” junior quarterback Garrett Nussmeier said.

Both teams exchanged punts on their first drives of the game. The Marauders then went on a seven play drive that ended with Nussmeier finding junior wide receiver J. Michael Sturdivant for a 29 yard touchdown. This made the score 7-0 with about five minutes left in the first quarter.

I’m just excited for our program and these kids who worked so hard over these last couple of years.

— Kevin Atkinson, Head Coach

The Jaguars responded with their own ten play drive that ended in a touchdown. This tied up the game 7-7 with less than three minutes left in the first.

The Marauders then went on a seven play drive, which ended in a nine yard score by senior running back Ty’son Edwards to to put the Marauders in the lead 14-7 and ended the first.

To start the second quarter, Flower Mound got the ball but had to punt it away. Four plays later, Nussmeier found Sturdivant for another touchdown, putting the Marauders up 21-7.

On the kickoff after the touchdown, the Jaguars fumbled the ball, which the Marauders were able to recover. Immediately after, senior tight end Collin Sutherland scored a one play drive and Nussmeier found him on the trick play. This put the Marauders up 27-7 after a missed point after touchdown with exactly 10 minutes left in the second.

“We took what they gave us,” head coach Kevin Atkinson said. “We felt like they missed aligned a bit defensively and thought we could take advantage of it, and we did that.”

The Jaguars then got the ball and drove it down the field, which ended in a field goal. This made the score 27-10 with about seven minutes to go in the second.

The Marauders ended up punting the ball and the Jaguars went on a six play drive that ended in a rushing touchdown, cutting the Marauders’ lead to 27-17 with about four minutes left in the second.

“For me it’s just resetting and trusting my line,” Nussmeier said. “They got the sack which caused a fumble down here and I just kept my composure.”

Flower Mound then took advantage of a fumble by Nussmeier and later scored another touchdown, making the score 27-24 going into halftime.

“They just played well and they made some plays and took advantage of us with our fumble deep in our own territory,” Atkinson said. “On the muffed punt, they took advantage of that, so we gave them 14 points right off the bat.”

Neither team scored in the third quarter. Both the Marauders and the Jaguars punted the ball away and the Jaguars blocked a field goal.

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Junior Tyler Schott gets ready to take the field against Flower Mound. The Mound Showdown game is an annual tradition for the Marauders and many students go to watch their team play one of their biggest rivals.

After their interception in the third quarter, the Jaguars went on a long 11 play scoring drive early in the fourth quarter. This allowed them to take the lead 31-27 with about 11 minutes left in the game.

Both teams punted on their next drives and the Marauders got the ball with about two and a half minutes left in the fourth. They got an eight play scoring drive, which ended in junior linebacker and running back Tyler Gainey scoring a touchdown to put the Marauders back in the lead 34-31 with 54 seconds left in the game.

“I was just saying, ‘let’s milk this clock and go down and score,’ and we did,” Atkinson said.

Flower Mound then moved the ball all the way to the Marauders’ 28 yard line, but they were sacked by senior defensive line Max Walstad and had no timeouts left, so time expired before they could try to score a field goal and the Marauders came out on top.

Nussmeier finished the game with 332 passing yards and three touchdowns, Edwards finished with 122 yards and one touchdown and Sturdivant finished with 140 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

I’m just excited for our program and these kids who worked so hard over these last couple of years,” Atkinson said. “For them to see the fruits of their labor is really neat.”

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    BenjaminOct 27, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Lets go Marcus! Excellent work written by Samson , this man has some skills! Keep up the good work!